October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

La Ghoulerie d’Art
a haunted group exhibition

This October, it seems appropriate that we do our artsy-fartsy part in celebrating this little thing that happens at the end of the month. Halloween, aka All Hollow’s Eve. Days are shorter and nights longer. The mercury dips and frost is a thing. The trees have beared their fruit and now leaves turn and begin to fall. Is it time to prepare for the inevitable torpor, the hunkering down, the seasonal hibernation? Do we withdraw, ruminate and seek shelter under blankets??…

Heck no! We’re feeling invigorated and inspired. We are charged up with a lust for life and newfound zest and zeal. And we say it’s time for another group exhibition! This October let’s celebrate the seasonal progression, the periodic changing of the guard. We’re presenting a survey of works that seem particularly timely, relevant, of the zeitgeist, and simply put, spooky, creepy or odd. That’s right, we’re summoning the spirits for a spirited display. This showcase features not only our own uncanny creations, but also works of others who flirt with the dangerous, the demonic, the diabolical and the dark arts associated with this time of fear and fright. One should expect spiders, skulls, serpents, frightening fauna, mythical beasts, creatures of the night, things with teeth, teeth in general, pokey, spikey things, things that possibly glow in the dark, shadowy figures, bats and cats, bits of straw, pumpkin spice, etc.

Added bonus!! The opening day of la Ghoulerie on October 7 happens to be Thorp Community Day! This family friendly event has something for everyone! Begin the day with breakfast at Fire District #1 followed by the Grand Parade in downtown Thorp. Rumor has it there will be some cameo appearances from Blue Bear Puppet Lab! Next join the festival for carnival games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, live entertainment, refreshments, local vendors and MORE (like checking out la Ghoulerie and the sculptural works of Dan Brown in the PUNCH yard)!

AND if all of this isn’t enough to entice you, opening day will also feature a guest performance by Third Seven, a one-man experimental cellist from Oregon performing between 2-4pm in the PUNCH bar.